Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.88/5 rDev +5.4%
Like dirtylou, I too ticked this beauty off at the Seattle Beer Week Sour Fest at Brouwers Cafe in Fremont.
What a surprise! I had no idea what I was in for when I landed a glass of this gem.
Nice too that it was a full pour into a snifter and not the small 6 oz thing. Savored this all the way through lunch.
Sour, dry, smooth.
I'll leave the subtleties for others.
The thrill of a lifetime.
05-17-2012 22:46:12 | More by NWer
3.83/5 rDev -17.3%
The pour appear golden to amber with a lasting dirty white head that coats the glass as you drink. The nose has some oak, bretty funk, a bit of pineapple, and a bit of a cottage cheese or yogurt. Very tart and tangy. Mixed fruit flavors, and tannic. Medium working on full body. Average amount of carbonation and a bone dry finish. A very good beer from a style that I don't typicaly appriciate.
01-11-2009 18:01:05 | More by tjthresh
4.65/5 rDev +0.4%
Big thanks to Wetherel and StFun for the bottles.
750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a GLBC snifter.
A: Pours a golden, orangish, glowing amber. Decent sized, nearly pearl white, head on the pour with decent retention. Nice, somewhat spotty lacing.
S: Nice, clean funkiness with plenty of sour and tart fruit notes. The funk big enough to be somewhat cheesy but not near the level of Girardin Black Label.
T/M: Yowza, big time tartness with plenty of sourness and more of the funkiness. Tart and sourness is big on lemon along with a bit of mango in the back. The funk is cheesy but not heavy and with some of the barnyard, dustiness, and wet hay. Some light, earthy oak in the back. Body is meidum to medium light with good carbonation. Very drying that lends some leathery notes.
D: Good ABV and very tasty. You definitely have to be slow and savor it.
10-11-2009 18:25:18 | More by pwoods
4.97/5 rDev +7.3%
Beer poured a cloudy amber color with a pretty large white head that stuck around for awhile, fluffy. Nose was tart, a bit dried fruit and wood. The taste is dry, tart with some pepper on the tongue. Very present and complimentary oak notes in the background. There is also a nice citrus character. Excellent beer that I am glad I was able to get a bottle of.
11-01-2009 13:15:16 | More by ggaughan
4.65/5 rDev +0.4%
Huge thanks to Blissscent for sharing this speacial treat. Pours yellow hazy orange gold with a small white head. Aroma is seriously sour with strong notes of apples and citrus. Flavor is also hugely tart, but with noticeable woody notes. Huge finish to this one, and it lasts. It has the very nice quality of being both very funky, very sour, and very clean.
05-31-2008 01:52:20 | More by RomanW70
4.08/5 rDev -11.9%
Shared at recent tasting with Chicago crew. Pours a hazy orange with a white head, good retention throughout. Smell is oak, straw, barnyard, lots of lemons and sour citrus. Taste is very tart lemons, some orange zest, a bit of funk and oak. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a moderate carbonation, very nice for a style that seems to be dominated by dry, highly carbonated beers. Overall a very drinkable beer, but not my favorite American wild.
11-04-2010 14:56:02 | More by nkersten
4.33/5 rDev -6.5%
Enjoyed on tap at Russian River 'TION Night at Toronado 2012. Finally able to try after many years of searching. The refusal to part with my -bals has paid off. A 6oz pour, for $5.
A: Seems very light in color compared to other RR brews. Somewhere in between Temp & Sup. A dirty light brown, copper. Head disappears quickly after pour.
S: Oak, Cherry and funk. It better have some level of funk, this beer has been waiting in a keg for 5 years waiting for me.
T: It is amazing that this beer is 5 years old. It gives me hope for my 3L collection and the age will not harm it. I have to say that I feel Temp and Beat age very well in comparison. A keg of 08 Temp seemed to provide more funk, while the Deviation was highly acidic. Still a very solid taste where the oak and cherry shines through. As the beer warmed it obviously got better and the flavor profile changed and become more pronounced.
M: Acidic and very well carbonated.
O: Very good beer. Notice how I said very good. I don't think it could match up to the hype and rarity that has been placed upon its narrow shoulders. The keg was blown in 40min. With so many good AWA offered by RR don't stress if you cant get one. Just stick with the standards and you will do just fine. Beat however is a different animal entirely. Thanks to Natalie for popping a few 3L b3 btls.
02-16-2012 01:32:42 | More by DJButters
4.43/5 rDev -4.3%
A long time want of mine. Shared at a tasting. 4oz. pour into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a large single layer of coarse bubbles that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear, stunning deep orange. Lacing is non-existant.
S: Nose is musty, earthy, and dirty. Brett funkiness is very apparent as well as a high level of acidity. Fruit characteristics are subtle but hints of lemon and citrus are detectable.
T: Opens slightly sweet but make no mistake, this is one of the more sour beers that I've come across in this category. Very puckering from beginning to end. Brett funkiness in the back as well as notes of grape and lemon. Finish is juicy and aftertaste is tart, and slightly dry.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lively in the mouth and slightly coarse going down. Finish is wet and messy with an aftertaste that lingers and is dry. This is how all sours should feel on the palate.
D: Probably the best or second best Russian River sour I've had the chance to try to date. A very solid beer and definitely at the top of its class. Complexity is present but a bit dominated by the intense sourness this one brings. Feel is spot on though and drinkability is incredible.
10-25-2010 21:17:29 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.83/5 rDev +4.3%
Damnit - I'm a ticker :(
on-tap, sourfest 2012 (1st keg to kick)
appearance: served in a 12oz snifter, rich light amber-mahogany body, 1/2" residual tan cream
smell: smells like a whale...oak-forward, tart cherries, funky lemon rind, earthy and wild
taste: seattle beer week has long since exceeded all expectations - this was the first beer i ordered on a glorious thursday morning at brouwers. It was my favorite of the day, as well as the favorite of the relative-sour novice i beerfriended next to me. Really a terrific sour brown - oak, tart cherry, leather and wood, funky yeast, lemon rind. This has aged wonderfully - a great honor to bottleworks and russian river
mouthfeel: deeply acidic, funky
overall: a whale with a cause
05-17-2012 22:11:10 | More by dirtylou
4.9/5 rDev +5.8%
Thanks to javier for this bottle. Had this over the summer
A: big fluffy white head. the beer is slightly orangy/copper color with some cloudiness. it is slightly cloudy and does leave very nice lacing
S: Extremely fruity with notes of melon, peach and tangerines that are have a very pleasant tartness while being mellow enough to still enjoy. a slight bit of woodiness and funk as well
T: Very fruity again, both tart and sweet. a slight floralness is present with some brett in the finish. its got a bit of lemon citrus and peaches
M: Very well rounded with no real harshness of note.
D: this is without a doubt one of the best beers i have ever had. i feel extremely lucky that i have gotten to try it and i hope to come across more in the future
11-12-2010 00:23:58 | More by mikey711
4.63/5 rDev 0%
Just cracked open my first and only bottle of this beer with BA's Gilmango and colonelforbin because they got me into the Bruery Reserve Society Event. Thanks guys
Poured into my Stone Sample glass and had about 3 fills. Pours with little to no head and very little lacing. Nice color to it though. A light redish color.
Smells wonderful. Lots of Bret funkyness. Some smells of sort of peach mango almost.
Tastes awesome although not the best sour I have had this is in the top 10. Lots more Oak than all others I have had which works well for the beer. Again some flavors of tropical fruits.
Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice carb and thin like most sours.
Overall an amazing beer that I was glad to have. A little on the dissapointing side because of the hype because it's not as good as expecting but still awesome.
01-17-2010 00:56:58 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.9/5 rDev +5.8%
MASSIVE thanks to Tim for getting this for me. Dedicated to my new house.
poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass, served at 46 degrees
pours a deep gold with slight hue of brown. light fluffy white head that leaves very light retention. very light lacing.
has that very typical russian river sonambic scent. deep sour flavors combined with a light peach and apricot. a light zest to it.
starts out quite sour and then quickly allows the flavors to really emerge. lots of peach and apricot just dominate. light grape and lemon as background fruit. a light oaky and leathery combination then begin to show themselves. a very fruit finish. a bit of oak in the aftertaste.
perfect carbonation, really highlights the flavors. a hint of dryness. sourness really tingles the mouth, but for a short time so the flavors are never dulled.
this is pure perfection. i am always weary of hype but this is not hype, this is the real deal.
03-20-2011 01:35:59 | More by hooliganlife
4.4/5 rDev -5%
Huge thanks to largadeer for sharing this awesome rarity!
A - Nice hazy copper color with just a small amount of white foam and great lacing.
S - Aroma is bretty funk, honey, wild tartness, and oak. Smells nicely tart and well-balanced without going to ridiculous levels.
T - Flavor is fairly tart, but not overly so, with dry white wine, oak, lemon, and brown sugar. Incredibly well-balanced and tasty.
M - Great sharp yet smooth palate with long finish and an biting acidic sensation lingering on the palate.
D - High for a beer this sour. This is another awesome sour beer from Vinnie at RR.
10-06-2009 18:45:07 | More by nickd717
4.09/5 rDev -11.7%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Tiny head.
Smell - Sharp lactic acid. Some lemon and hay. Slight acetic note.
Taste - Nice lactic acid. Citrus sourness. Hay. A little lambicky. Grainy. Funky and a little peppery.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.
Overall - This is still really good. Impressive for an American sour.
07-02-2013 01:45:22 | More by Alieniloquium
4.83/5 rDev +4.3%
Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to sincereNC for sharing this one with the group! A MASSIVE tick for my Russian River -tion Quest as I never thought I would get a chance to taste this one! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, sour, tart, and fruit undertones. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew is nothing short of excellent! This one really lived up to the hype for as both the aroma and flavor on this one were nothing short of phenomenal. Unfortunately I couldn't taste the rare, but I have decided not to dock any points for this fact. The nice fruit undertones I got in this one helped to blend the beer together and not make it a sour/tart bomb by refreshing the palate slightly between sips. A really well done brew that has held up wquite well over time. Worth the trade weight for sure!
06-28-2011 14:26:35 | More by thagr81us
Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary from Russian River Brewing Company
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